I'm wary that this is turning into a catalogue of health issues. An update anyway:
I haven't managed to lower my blood pressure by relaxation, exercising and wrestling with my diet, so I've now started to take some medication to help reduce it. I also had a chat with the partner I'm now seeing at my GP surgery and have started to take Orlistat to help with the weight loss. I must say, the side effects read as very glamourous.
She also asked me if I wanted her to refer me for gastric band surgery, which is done on the NHS in the next Health Authority.
I must admit, the idea floored me at first. It just seemed so far out there.
I've been doing some research. This is what they do:
Some of the resources I've been looking at.
UK Gastric Band
Living with a lap band
Gwen's WLS Blog
We're going to discuss it some more at my next appointment.
In the meantime....